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International Leaders To Discuss Substances That Cause Global Warming

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 4:08pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about next week's international conference on substances in air conditioners and refrigerators that heat up the atmosphere.

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#NPRreads: White Privilege, FBI Director's Remarks On Policing, And Oyster Farming

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:43pm

Also this week: A story from an NPR Music reporter about the "lost art of listening."

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Medical Students Crunch Big Data To Spot Health Trends

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:24pm

It's not enough anymore to learn how to size up the symptoms of a particular patient, say specialists in bioinformatics. Modern doctors need to learn to see patterns in huge data sets, too.

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Jane Goodall Wants To Save Us (And Her Beloved Chimps) From Ourselves

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:04pm

She's learned a lot about chimpanzees. But what has she learned from them has given her a new mission: improve the health of the planet.

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The Hair-Raising Science Of Goose Bumps

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 9:44am

Skunk Bear's shivery new video explores how and why our skin acts so weird when we watch a scary movie, get cold or listen to music.

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Why Is It So Hard To Save Gulf Of Maine Cod? They're In Hot Water

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 4:21pm

In the last decade, the Gulf of Maine warmed faster than 99.9 percent of the global ocean. The rapid warming explains why recent fishing policies failed to rebuild the cod population, a study finds.

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Along U.S.-Canada Border, A Booming Business For Dinosaur Bones

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 3:40pm

Dinosaur fossils are often found along the U.S.-Canada border. But what happens after someone discovers them on their land depends on what the rules are about ownership, scholarship and preservation.

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Community Health Workers Can Reach Some Patients That Doctors Can't

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:59am

Los Angeles is finding that community health workers — problem solvers who are untrained in medicine, but fluent in compassion — can be key to helping the county's sickest and neediest get better.

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Why Fighting Climate Change Requires Changing The Narrative

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 3:17pm

NPR blogger Adam Frank says Americans need to stop carrying the guilt of climate change, so that we can move on and fix it.

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The Lone Star Tick May Be Spreading A New Disease Across America

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 11:28am

An uptick in cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever might actually be due to a newer tick-borne bacterium. It looks like it's causing milder infections — and a lot of confusion.

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Most E-Cigarette Users Are Current And Ex-Smokers, Not Newbies

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 11:03pm

A large study suggests some may use e-cigarettes to quit smoking tobacco. But the survey also shows that nearly 10 percent of young adults who have never smoked tobacco have used the devices.

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NASA Spacecraft To Skim Past Saturn's Icy Moon

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 4:34pm

The Cassini probe will pass within just 30 miles of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The goal is to search for signs of habitability.

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Heroin, Opioid Abuse Puts Extra Strain On U.S. Foster Care System

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

Roughly 265,000 U.S. kids entered foster care last year — the highest number since 2008. Officials say the abuse of heroin or prescription painkillers by more parents is one reason for the increase.

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Candy For Your Vote, Kid? A Test Of Political Bribery

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:29am

NPR's Shankar Vedantam tells Steve Inskeep about a Halloween experiment to see whether children can be swayed to change their political preferences with candy.

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Things That Go Bump In The Lab: Halloween And The Science Of Fear

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:03pm

This week, the Hidden Brain podcast explores the science of fear — traveling to a haunted house curated by a scientist to investigate what scares us, and why some people enjoy feeling fear.

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Processed And Red Meat Could Cause Cancer? Your Questions Answered

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:04pm

An expert panel's conclusion that hot dogs and yes, even turkey bacon are carcinogenic had many of you wanting more details. Which cancers? How much is safe to eat? We tackle your questions.

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Task Force Urges Screening Of Overweight Adults For High Blood Sugar

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:16pm

In response to a big jump in diabetes in the U.S., a federal advisory panel advises tens of millions of overweight Americans to get their blood tested, and intensive counseling if sugar's too high.

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Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Red Meats Cause Cancer, Says WHO

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:31am

The World Health Organization's decision puts bacon, hot dogs and sausages in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking. And beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic," WHO says.

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The Science Of A Cyclone: Dissecting Hurricane Patricia

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

David Greene talks to tropical meteorologist Kristen Corbosiero of the University of Albany in New York about what made the once-mighty Hurricane Patricia so powerful and unpredictable.

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'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

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